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Friday, July 18, 2014

Introduction to Ask3, a free screen recording Apple/Mac App, that can be used when flipping the classroom

Note: Ask3 is designed to operate on an iPad and iPad mini. It will not function on a Mac desktop or laptop computer.

Links to the Ask 3 Apple App:

Before we explore how Ask3 functions, let's discuss the construct, 'the flipped classroom'.

What is the flipped classroom?

In a typical classroom, the teacher presents information (e.g. a new idea, procedure or way of solving a problem) to his or her students and then assigns students homework based on the information presented. In the flipped classroom the reverse process occurs. The teacher presents information (e.g. a new construct, process or procedure to solve a problem) to students via a video recording or audio podcast which the students review at home. Then students return to class to apply the knowledge they had received via the teacher's video or audio presentation, and apply that knowledge in the classroom. The role of the teacher is therefore transformed in at least two ways:

  1. The teacher presents information via a screen recording or audio podcast that can be accessed via a link on the internet.
  2. The teacher and his/her aides provide whole group, small group and individualized instruction to students while they are working on applying the knowledge they received online. The degree to which the teacher and his or her instructional aides use whole group, small group or individualized learning modalities is dependent upon the instructional needs of his or her students.

What is Ask3?

Ask3 is a free screen recording Apple app that is specifically designed to be used in a flipped classroom. 

Where is Ask3 located on the internet?

Where can I find tutorials demonstrating how to use Ask3?

Click here to find numerous tutorials on how to use Ask3.

On the next blog post we will discuss how Ask3, a free screen recording Apple or Mac app, can be used to promote instruction in the blended learning classroom.

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